VBI 2016: Initial Faculty Lists Posted!

We are excited to announce our initial faculty lists for the 2016 Victory Briefs Institute. These early lists represent a small fraction of our staff; many more instructors will be added in the coming months. Our Public Forum instructors have won or coached winners of the TOC, NDCA, and NSDA Nationals, in addition to Blake, the […]


Penn PF Round Robin

“Penn For Youth Debate (PFYD) is excited to announce that applications for the Public Forum Round Robin are live! We encourage you to apply to enjoy national level competition and top notch amenities. The Round Robin will be held the day before the Liberty Bell Classic (February 12 2016). The application deadline has been extended […]


Trinity Prep Seeks Director of Forensics

“The Director of Forensics position is a full-time position beginning August 1, 2016 at Trinity Preparatory School. Our program is well funded and supported by the school’s administration. Trinity Preparatory School’s forensics students travel extensively on the national forensics circuit and compete in all events except policy debate. Responsibilities: The Director of Forensics is responsible […]


Hockaday Women’s Round Robin Invitation

April 16-17, 2016 The Hockaday School 11600 Welch Road Dallas, TX 75229 Dear Colleagues, We invite entries to the Hockaday Women’s Round Robin held Saturday and Sunday, April 16-17, 2016, on the Hockaday campus. The round robin is an opportunity to compete against and celebrate women in debate. It is our hope that you will […]


Thank you, VBI 2015 students and faculty!

I didn’t really know what to expect when I came to VBI. But I don’t think that I ever expected it to be so sad to leave. I found friends and mentors and debate skills and family. I became much more confident in myself as a debater and a person. It reminded me how much […]


Should T be a Voting Issue? by Jake Nebel

Jake Nebel studies Philosophy at Oxford on a Marshall Scholarship. As a coach, his students have won the TOC, NDCA, Glenbrooks, Bronx, Emory, TFA State, and the Harvard Round Robin. As a debater, he won six octos-bid championships and was top speaker at the TOC and ten other major tournaments. He co-directs the Victory Briefs Institute. Earlier […]


Intuitions and Intervention

[W]e have now sunk to a depth at which the restatement of the obvious is the first duty of intelligent men. —George Orwell Many debaters and judges believe that intuitions should carry little to no evidential weight in a debate round. In this post, I discuss some of the most common arguments for this view. […]